Quotes and Inspiration

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In Honor of the Printers–Past, Present, and to Come–
The Multipliers of Recorded Thought,
Carrying Down the Centuries the Evidence of Man’s
Advancements in Knowledge–
The Heralds of Peace and Good Will–
The Conservators of Wisdom–The Antagonists of Error–
The Champions of Good Works–
The Glorifiers of Achievement–
The Preservers of Art, The Promoters of Culture.


Lead printing is slow but it takes time to compose permanent ideas


"The Press was a constant source of pleasure from the very outset. I printed then as I still do; just exactly what feels good and just exactly when I felt disposed to do so.”
 Jim Rimmer
I'll not going to die for the whole remainder of my life, just for the last fifteen minutes of it." That sort of sums up Jim!``

Two years ago I was able to build a pleasant, airy shop at the back of the house.It has been the most comfortable of atmospheres; a place where frustration cannot long abide and care falls away at the door. (dingbat) The operator of Pie Tree Press & Type Foundry, on Eleventh Street, in the city of New Westminster, in the province of British Columbia, in a state & utter contentment, thanks you for your patience.”
 
Any endeavour / vocation / avocation that requires a specific skillset and specific knowledge tends to create bonds between those that share these skills and knowledge, and I'll throw in understanding, too.  The awesome thing about Letterpress printing is that it carries with it the inertia of five centuries.  That's a lot of history, tradition, legacy, development, and  technology.  I believe we who ply the Art and Mystery of the Craft are well aware of this, and cherish what our presses represent.  And I think I am not alone when I say that I cherish everyONE who goes through the trouble to attempt to learn these skills, imbibe the legacy and legend, do great work, and pass these things on.  

Printers have always been a social group.  I like to think it's because it's more fun to have more than one person working away in the shop.  Sure makes production faster.  And it's hard to celebrate St. Bartholemew's Day by one's self!  Hence, the fellowship.

Huzzah!  for Letterpress Printers!

Gary Johanson




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